One of the things I love about homeschooling in Florida is the ability to participate in educational programs at local museums, parks, and sanctuaries. There is a Turtle Tot Science Class that we’ve participated in for the past year. It even runs through the summer. I really like it because it’s a VERY good program, you can sign up per class, and they let you know what the classes are in advance.
A recent class we attended was on Birds.
The children had an opportunity to explore the various characteristics of local birds, their beaks, feet, wings, habitat, and what they eat. They also got to try out binoculars.
During class the children always get an opportunity to go see the turtles in the animal hospital. The kids never get bored at looking at the turtles. The tanks are set up perfectly for little ones to see.
While there they had a rare opportunity to see some baby turtles that washed onto the beach from a local storm. The children were surprised to hear that birds like to eat the little baby turtles. I’ve promised them that next year we will participate in a turtle walk. It starts around 9P so it will be a very late night for my kids, but it should be fun to see the turtles come onto the beach and lay their eggs.
At the very end they do a craft and everyone goes home happy.
I try to give them lots of hands-on learning opportunities in their homeschool. This is just one of the things we enjoy about homeschooling.